Emergence of cicadas delayed due to cool soil temperature

After a 17-year hibernation, the insects were due to emerge from the ground this week in parts of Ohio

Cicada invasion

CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – If you have been out looking for the return of the cicadas, you’ll have to wait a bit longer, according to Mahoning County’s Ohio State University Extension.

After a 17-year hibernation, the insects were due to emerge from the ground this week in parts of Ohio. The Extension office said the ground is too cold due to April’s snowfall, however. In order to emerge, the soil needs to reach 65 degrees at 8 inches deep before they will come out.

Currently, the soil temperature in southern Ohio is almost 60 degrees, and warm rain is expected to quickly boost the soil temperature. The OSU Extension has a website for tracking soil temperatures, in which you can find more information.

Eric Barrett, an Extension educator, said cicadas should now starting appearing around May 23. The emergence will be just west of Canfield and Salem and in the southwest tip of Trumbull County.

The first sign of the cicadas will be its exoskeleton, or ‘outer skin,’ that it will shed as it leaves the ground.

If you have photos of the cicadas’ emergence, you can send them to WYTV via Report It. 

 

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